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SNITTJER, Gertie 1870-1963

SNITTJER, GEERDES

Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 9/6/2012 at 15:38:49

Mrs. Gertie Snittjer Dies Tues.; Funeral To be Saturday p.m.

Funeral services for Mrs. Gertie Snittjer, 93, who died at her home here Tuesday at five o'clock in the afternoon, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Second Christian Reformed Church, with the Rev. Carl Toeset officiating. Burial will be in the Reformed Church cemetery. Prayer service will be held at the home at 1:45.

Mrs. Snittjer, one of the oldest residents of the community, was born on a farm near Wellsburg, and has lived in this area all her life. She has made her home in Wellsburg for the past 55 years.

Her husband, Sam Snittjer, died in 1914, and their only son, John, died last year.

Mrs. Snittjer is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Gertrude Koolman of Clearwater, Florida, and four grandchildren.

--Wellsburg Herald (Wellsburg, Iowa), 21 March 1963

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Services Held for Mrs. Gertie Snittjer Saturday, March 23

The following obituary was read at the funeral of Mrs. Gertie Snittjer:
We have gathered to honor the memory of Mrs. Gertie Snittjer, who was called home Tuesday, March 19, 1963, at 5:15 p.m. Mrs. Snittjer had reached the age of 93 years, 2 months, and 5 days. She passed away at her home in Wellsburg.

Mrs. Snittjer was born to Mr. and Mrs. George Geerdes on January 14, 1870, at the farm home in Shiloh Township, Grundy County, Iowa. She received her education in a rural school.

On March 12, 1890, she was married to Sam J. Snittjer in the parsonage of the First Christian Reformed Church by Rev. H. Bode. This marriage was blessed with two children, John and Gertrude. After marriage the couple farmed west of Wellsburg. In 1909 the family moved to the town of Wellsburg. In 1914 Sam passed away and Mrs. Snittjer continued to live in Wellsburg.

Gertie Snittjer was baptized in the First Christian Reformed church, west of Wellsburg; confessed her faith in the Christ in the German Reformed Church of Wellsburg; and in 1919 became a charter member of the Second Christian Reformed Church in Wellsburg. She remained an active member of this church until her age prevented her attendance at the services. Her interest in the local church and the kingdom continued. Mrs. Snittjer was also a charter member of the Willing Workers Society and continued as a member until her death.

Mrs. Snittjer was preceded in death by her husband and her son John, who passed away on October 30, 1962.

She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Gertrude Koolman of Clearwater, Florida; four grandchildren, Sherwood Snittjer of Wellsburg, Mrs. Lorraine Pachner of Clearwater, Florida, Mrs. Grace Vivian Covert of Chicago, and Mrs. Berniece Wiebener of Davenport; and four great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Carl Toeset officiated at the services which were held Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Second Christian Reformed church.

Mrs. Wilbur Knock and Mrs. Harold Okones sang "Nearer My God to Thee" and "Nearer Still Nearer". Mrs. Wilbur Knock was organist and Mrs. Ray Toomsen was pianist. In charge of the flowers were Mrs. H. L. Luwe and Mrs. John W. Ross.

Pallbearers were Ray Snittjer, Leonard Schmidt, George H. Geerdes, Gratus J. Geerdes, Ben J. Geerdes and Jake A. Geerdes.

Interment was in the Wellsburg Reformed Church cemetery.

--Wellsburg Herald (Wellsburg, Iowa), 28 March 1963


 

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